Week of June 7th, 2021
Jeremy's guest this week is Tony. Let us know if you'd like to be featured!

Also, Jeremy is looking for someone else to help him with these interviews. Would you like to try this job?

Let us know!
"A cold in the head in June is an immoral thing"

Jeremy took his camera on the road with CLI's "Back to the Future" STEP group to record another STEP group's "Let's Get Wild" as they explored the Lake Erie shoreline.
Nichelle, Sandy, Michaela, and Angie worked on Tai Chi & meditation in a"Mind & Body" STEP class
-- then explored different sensory experiences with "It Makes Sense"
John's usual excuses & apologies--

A quick follow-up on the two guys who are looking for a new residential provider. CLI has so far been unable to build an alternative solution that would allow them to stay in their home. We're still working on it, but time is getting short. I spent more than $200 on an indeed listing last week that generated 3 applicants. One currently resides in North Carolina, which seems like a heck of a commute unless the traffic is absolutely perfect. Another was a no-show at the scheduled interview. We have an interview scheduled with the third this week. We've also gotten a 4th candidate who saw our advertisement on the Norwalk online newspaper. We haven't given up yet and are actively recruiting for these full-time 2nd & 3rd shift spots, as well as some other fun part-time opportunities. If you know someone who is interested, but worried that we care that they've never done something like this before, let them know that CLI would really like to meet them and talk about it. We care more about integrity, work ethic, and old-fashioned social skills than experience.

Word on the street is that the Ohio Department of DD will be making the new STEP funding permanent after 2021. We believe that this is a good development for CLI clients. I know that it takes more planning than just showing up at the workshop everyday, but it is worth the hassles if it means that we're helping our clients build a better future. The workshop was (almost) always a fun place to be, but I think that it held people back too.

We know that we have some problems to sort out with this new model-- first, we need to help people find ways to earn money. I joke that even my own family might only be hanging out with me because I pay for stuff-- and they have to love me. The guy you're mooching from and the community dinner? Not so much. Unless we all intend to pull a Thoreau & live in a shed in someone's back yard-- life takes money. We also know that some people need a significant and dependable schedule of supports so that their people can plan accordingly. And finally, we also know that it's been an issue for people that they're overspending their budget because the STEP rate is more than the old workshop rate. Baby steps.

I'm excited that summer is finally here. Let's all make the most of it. The real win with STEPS vs. the old school workshop model is that it is a real opportunity to order off the menu. What's on your bucket list for this summer? If it's legal, and reasonably safe, we can probably help you mark a few things off that list.

Have a good week. Break out that sunscreen, apply it liberally, then wash your hands!
Would you like to join CLI for some fun virtual activities?
It's a bunch of loud fun!
"It is dry, hazy June weather. We are more of the earth, farther from heaven these days."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Firelands Local LLC Update:
James Johnson

We received our renewed National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) AAA certification-- good through the end of next May. If you are not aware, this is the most recognized standard for document destruction and requires very strict adherence to their guidelines.

Production was down a little last week as we lost a day due to Memorial day and MTD having to shut down for half a day.

We had our shred drop off day on Wednesday. We had 41 customers and 1900 lbs of paper.

It is going to be a very hot week this week. Please remember to keep hydrated and take breaks as needed. Also, please do not leave your pets outside for to long.

"It’s so god damn cold it’s gonna snow until June."

Good Works Cafe Schedule:

Happy Monday everyone! 

Here is the June Menu for Good Works Cafe. I've also included a list of items needed for July.Donations can be brought to the Clubhouse between 9:30-12 or they can call me to arrange a donation pick-up. This helps us keep costs down and be able to provide meals each Friday at a low cost. 

Thanks everyone! Here's to a good week!

This month's menu:
June 4 - Sloppy Joes & Chips
June 11 - Chicken Salad Sandwich & Fruit
June 18 - Hot Dogs & Baked Beans
June 25 - Baked Ziti & Italian Bread

Kerrie Close
Community Settings Coordinator